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In recent years bed bugs have made a big comeback worldwide. They are especially bad in the mid-Atlantic area. Much of the blame for their resurgence as a pest has been globalization. People travel more internationally and more goods are shipped around the world than ever. Not only are bed bugs a problem in places such as hotels and hostels, but also in homes, hospitals, college dorms, and airports. It is important to familiarize yourself with what they look like, where to look for them, and what to do should you find them.

Bed bugs are insects that feed on blood. They are not known to transmit diseases. There are two types of bed bugs that may be found in association with people: the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius and the bat bug Cimex pilosellus.

If you are travelling, check around the edges of the mattress, for blood spots, look under the edge of the head board, using a flash light if possible. Bed bugs tend to hide in areas that are not disturbed. Never put suitcases on the floor or under the bed. If you find them in your home or residence, do a thorough inspection of the area. Get rid of clutter! It is important to arm yourself with as much information as possible.

To learn more about bed bugs watch the three bed bug videos below.

The following fact sheets go into great detail on biology and what to do if you discover that you have bed bugs.

It is advisable to contact a professional pest control company that specializes in bed bug controlmany do not.

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